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I had to leave the gun show!

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by MikeJ, Jan 24, 2005.

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  1. MikeJ

    MikeJ Member

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    Went to the Phoenix gun show yesterday for the purpose of selling my Sig 230 and enjoying some beef jerky and thought I would share my experience. My Sig was in like new condition as it had been a safe queen for many years, just never really filled any particlualr niche, and I was asking $400 for it. I no sooner entered the show when someone offered $300, and I received 3 other offers of less than $400 along with trades etc. To get to the point, I did sell it for $400 to a gentleman that had a table set up selling accessories and misc. items. As I was walking around with my money I came across a NIB, per the seller, S&W alloyed frame model 39 (9mm) which did look unfired for $350. I have always admired these guns and was sooooo tempted but the money I received from the Sig was marked to go towards a new guitar that I want. Anyway, I had to beat a fast exit out of the show or I knew I would never make it home without that 39. I do have to say that I saw some very nice S&W revolvers at the show that are no longer being made along with this beautiful 39. All in all, I had a very good time, just wish I had a lot more money. ;)
     
  2. BJPARKER

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    Such Temptations!

    Mike, Such temptations are hard to resist, especially with cash in hand.
    I had a similar experience this past weekend at a Gun show. I walked in with a
    Garand and a Beretta shotgun to sell, with the intent of thinning out the safe, and putting money towards my move to a new job. Took me less than an hour to sell both for what I asked. For some bizaare reason, all the other guns that I had been longing to get someday were there, and oh so reasonabley priced. I thought holy heck, how do I get out of this place? Got to the door, then ambushed by a custom holster guy- YES I did it, ordered a custom bandito holster with the over shoulder belt and and cartridge loops, for my S&W 657 for $123 shipped. Glad I got out of there cheap.
     
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    You mean you turned down a minty S&W model 39, for a darn guitar?
    Not in my lifetime, please go quickly and have your BP checked my
    friend! :D

    Unless of course you could sell the guitar and buy more guns? :rolleyes:

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  4. P95Carry

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    Reminds me of when I (foolishly) put my Citori Hunter on consignment. Well, actually I did need the cash and shot the gun rather infrequently.

    Eventually it sells ... I go to collect $650 check ... but walk out with only $250! How did that happen?

    Just happened there was an M27-2 under the counter that I had been searching for for so long ... what was a guy supposed to do? :rolleyes:

    I regret getting rid of the Browning but, the aquisition of the M27-2 still gives me enormous pleasure so - guess I shouldn't complain - too much!
     
  5. Spot77

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    Ala Dan.....I can't believe you restrained from belittling him on selling a SIG!!!! :neener:
     
  6. Kramer Krazy

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    What guitar you holding out for? :evil:
     
  7. MikeJ

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    To Ala Dan and Spot77, I still have my Sig 229 which is a real keeper and I won't sell. ;)

    To Kramer Krazy, I am getting a new Fender American Stratocaster.
     
  8. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I went to a gun show yesterday myself. It was so hard to decide between the genuine American wild rice and the Taiwanese jewelry.
     
  9. tim71

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    Alas another Gun/guitar man.

    Boy I know what that's like. I've found that the guitar bug can actually be much more expensive than the gun bug. I have a mint anniversary strat that plays like a dream. Right now my guitar bug is a Martin OOO-28ec and my gun bug is a N frame smith. Guitar = $2500.00 Gun = $600.00ish.

    I have found that in most all instances the Guns are a better investment. Unless you happen to be Clapton I guess and can sell a strat for a little under a million dollars!

    Tim
     
  10. Kodiak AK

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    I don't know I have never lost money on a guitar .

    Kramer Focus 69 in 150 out
    Kramer Pacer 100 in 150 out
    Gibson SG Faded 475 in 700 out
    Gibson SGJR 399 in 650 out
    Yakahama 12 100 in 100 out plus danelectro Inuendo plus 4 track
    Sold four track back for 50 plus sold Danelectro for 150.
     
  11. BluesBear

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    Glad to know I ain't the only one with a Roadie Rench® in my range kit. ;)

    My problem was that I'd go in a store to buy new strings and walk out with a new bass. :eek:

    I solved that. I just stopped going into music stores.
     
  12. Madmax

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    There are two rules to owning guns.
    1. Never sell your guns.
    2. If you really need cash bad, see rule #1.

    I am sorry fot your loss. But if you join a band and make millions forget what I said.
     
  13. Maxinquaye

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    Madmax:

    I agree with you, but it seems that occasionally I end up with a gun I never shoot. Since I'm always wanting another gun, I will sell the underutilized ones with the stipulation that the proceeds immediately go toward another gun.
     
  14. MikeJ

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    "Rule #1 - never sell your guns"

    I use to live by that rule up until a couple of years ago when I realized that I had a few guns that I really didn't care for. I didn't enjoy shooting them, they had no collector value and they simply just didn't do it for me. I still have a very nice assortment of firearms and those that I have sold were never sold at any great financial loss if any loss at all. I also never sell a gun when I need to, only when I want to. If I hadn't got my asking price, no big deal, I would just have waited for another opportunity. I'm a very patient person, I have to be, I'm a teacher. :D
     
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    Mike J, you're a lucky man. I've had to leave gun shows around here too since they're more like cheap knife/romance novel/winter clothing shows. It's no fun to go shopping for guns and find that 2/3 of the tables are unrelated riffraff.
     
  16. TonyB

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    I'm considering selling my drum set to buy a new gun......if anyone's looking for a 5 pc Tama swinstar set w/ 2 CP toms and a set of Sabian cymbels and a Ludwig deep snare and good hard wear PM me........
     
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    I've done pretty well on buying and selling guns. I'm sure I'm up a couple bucks overall but I KNOW I've made more money on guitars. Bet example was I bought a beautiful burgundy Kramer Stagemaster at a shop that mostly dealt with acoustic guitars. Guy had traded it in on a Guild 12 string. I paid $300 for it. I sold it for $700 a couple years later.
     
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    I take it you don't play guitar, Ala Dan. ;)
     
  19. Monkeyleg

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    Bluesbear: "I solved that. I just stopped going into music stores."

    Or you could solve that by falling off a balcony and ending up in a turtle shell.

    Glad to see you back on the forums the past few months.
     
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